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Civic Matters: August 8th Ballot, Platt Rd. Development, Property Taxes, And More

Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiativejoins WEMU's David Fair  for a conversation on topics pertinent to Washtenaw County and the city of Ann Arbor. Mary Morgan  provides news, analysis, commentary and explain the various ways residents can become more engaged. 

Topics and Resources:

More reminders about the Aug. 8 election. Saturday, Aug. 5 is the deadline to request an absentee ballot application by mail for the Aug. 8 primary election. That Saturday, the Ann Arbor clerk’s office is open from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The final deadline to apply for an absentee ballot in person is 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 7.

• Brian Cook, founder/owner of the popular MGoBlog, for the first time stepped into the arena of local politics to endorse candidates in the Aug. 8 primary election

• Monday, July 31 is the last day to pay your local property tax bill without penalty. We're using the occasion to remind people what they're supporting – either directly as property owners, or indirectly via rent. We’re highlighting an online tool that allows you to enter your address and get a breakdown of the local taxes you (or your landlord) pay. The list includes support for schools, parks, the library, county and city operations, public transit – and much, much more. Also a reminder that some communities will be asked to approve additional taxes on Aug. 8.

• On Wednesday, Aug. 2, Washtenaw County commissioners might be voting on the future of the county-owned Platt Road property (it's on the agenda). The three finalists were interviewed in a 4-hour meeting on June 28More info here.

• On Thursday, Aug. 3, the city of Ann Arbor is holding a forum to get feedback on its application for the League of American Bicyclists "Bicycle Friendly Community Award." The city has previously received a "silver" designation, but is now "going for the gold." More info here.

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— David Fair is the WEMU News Director, and host of Morning Edition Contact WEMU News at734.487.3363 or email him at dfair@wemu.org

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